Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg knows the pressure he is in but stated that he is up for it as they are going to play a different system that would complement the three superstars on their roster.
The 43-year-old former Iowa State coach noted that the Bulls this season will have to adjust their system with the addition of Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. Hoiberg explained that the Bulls will be running all season long, adding that the mixture of Wade, Rondo and Jimmy Butler is both “dynamic and exciting.”
“The biggest thing is we have multiple playmakers now, we have guys who can get in and break down the defense. That’s the most important thing to have on an NBA roster is multiple ballhandlers, multiple playmakers. Bigs who are gonna set screens and put pressure on the rim,” Hoiberg said.
Hoiberg is not also bothered by the statement made by Butler about him, rather he considers it as a challenge to prove that his hiring as the Bulls’ coach is no fluke. He added that he and Butler are cool for now. Hoiberg added that his main objective is how to keep the team together knowing that he has superstars in his lineup.
He even likens the Bulls roster this season to that of the 2003-2004 Minnesota Timberwolves, which added Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell in helping then MVP Kevin Garnett. Hoiberg explained that they have three players who could best complement each other inside the court.
But the truth of the matter is that compared to the Timberwolves back then, Garnett was already an established leader in the team. Butler still needs to exert much effort to be acknowledged by his teammates.
It was clear though that both Wade and Rondo see the Bulls as Butler’s team, but there is still much needed to be done to make that statement.
As the season opener approaches, the pressure for Hoiberg to make his impression as the rightful head coach of the Bulls mounts. If his system works and all three superstars in their roster work as a unit then they may have a chance of barging their way into the postseason this year.
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